Hilton announced today that Mark Hartman has been named general manager of the new Hilton Branson Landing project that, when complete, will feature a 243-room boutique hotel, a 290-room convention hotel and a 225,000 square foot convention center to be operated by Hilton. Branson Landing is a 95-acre shopping, living and entertainment development on the waterfront in Branson, Missouri. The boutique hotel is set to open in June 2006, followed by the convention hotel and convention center in 2007.
A Hilton veteran for 22 years with extensive experience in opening new properties, Hartman joins the Branson Landing project from the Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center on Chicago’s North Shore, where he has served as general manager since December 2003. In his new capacity, Mark will report to Tim Benolken, area vice president for Hilton’s North Central Region.
Hartman began his hospitality career in 1983 at the Guest Quarters Suite Hotel in Atlanta as director of sales. In 1986, he joined the Compri Hotel as director of operations and director of accommodations. In 1988, he joined Doubletree Hotels, where he served in a variety of director-level roles at properties throughout the United States. He became rooms division manager of the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center St. Louis in 1991, and then got his first general manager position in 1992 at the Doubletree Club Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. He also served as general manager for Doubletree properties in Cincinnati, Dayton, St. Louis, Chicago, and, most recently, served as general manager for the Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center on Chicago’s North Shore.
Hartman received his Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy from the University of Georgia at Athens.
Hilton also announced today that Shaun Robinson will become general manager of the 486-room Hilton Costa Mesa effective September 1, 2005. An accomplished Hilton employee for 20 years, Robinson will arrive at Costa Mesa from the Doubletree San Diego / Del Mar, where he successfully transferred the hotel from a franchised hotel to a managed hotel.
Robinson began his hospitality career in 1981 in the restaurant of the Edgcumbe Hotel in Cornwall, England, before moving to Southern California and becoming restaurant captain at the Newporter Resort in Newport Beach in 1984. He joined the Irvine Hilton & Towers in 1985, advancing quickly through the catering department. In 1989, he became director of catering of the Hilton San Diego Beach and Tennis Resort, and then, in the same position, helped ensure the successful opening of the Hilton Minneapolis & Towers in 1992. In 1994, he returned to Southern California to work for the Beverly Hilton, where he attained the position of resident manager in 2000. He became general manager of the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas in 2001, and then general manager of the Doubletree Hotel San Diego / Del Mar in February of 2004.
Robinson received his education from Camborne Catering College in Cornwall, England.